Miss Philippines fails to make it to Miss Universe top 3

MANILA — Miss Philippines Maxine Medina has failed to advance to the top three finalists in the Miss Universe 2016 pageant held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City on Monday (Philippine time).

The top three candidates were announced by American host Steve Harvey. These were: Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, Miss France Iris Mittenaere, and Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier.

The top six candidates were: Miss France, Miss Kenya, Miss Colombia, Miss Philippines, Miss Thailand, and Miss Haiti.

During the final question round for the top six candidates, Medina, who was the first candidate to be questioned, was asked by American host Steve Harvey: “What is the most significant change you’ve seen in the world in the last ten years?”

Medina answered: “In the last ten years of being here in the world…is that I saw all the people bringing in one event like this, Miss Universe, it’s something big to us that we are one, as one nation we are all together. Maraming salamat po!”

She also became the first Miss Philippines candidate to use a translator. However, Medina answered the question in English and not in her vernacular, Filipino.

Other finalists who also used a translator were Miss Colombia, Miss France, and Miss Thailand.

Because of a change in rules, Medina is also the first of Philippine bets to make the final six in the pageant.

Former Philippine bets Venus Raj (2010), Shamcey Supsup (2011), Janine Tugonon (2012), Ariella Arida (2013) meanwhile made it to the top five.

Meanwhile, Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa (2014) failed to make it to the top five but was in the top 10.

Meanwhile, the top nine finalists were: Miss USA, Miss Thailand, Miss France, Miss Mexico, Miss Kenya, Miss Colombia, Miss Canada, Miss Haiti, and Miss Philippines.

The top nine were selected from the top 13: Miss Kenya, Miss Indonesia, Miss USA, Miss Mexico, Miss Peru, Miss Panama, Miss Colombia, Miss Philippines, Miss Canada, Miss Brazil, Miss France, Miss Haiti, and Miss Thailand.

Miss Thailand won the online voting results.

This year’s pageant started with announcement of top 13 candidates who competed in the swimsuit segment. The top nine were selected based on the highest averaged scores from judges and home viewers.

The top 9 candidates competed in the evening gown segment. Eventually, top six were chosen from scores given in the evening gown portion. They will get to advance in the final question round. All scores will be averaged to top three.

Finally, judges and audiences will get to make a ‘final look’ at the top three candidates until the winner is announced.

Judges include TV star and former model Cynthia Bailey, Emmy and Tony award-winning producer Francine LeFrak, and editorial director of fashion magazine PAPER Mickey Boardman.

Also in panel of judges are Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen, and Miss Universe 1993 Dayanara Torres. Azer Parrocha/PNA-northboundasia.com